Rwandan Schools’ Orchid Project
Expedition July 2014
Working with KCCEM
|The first few days were filled with setting up KCCEM new orchid propagation laboratory funded by the Writhlington Orchid Project and preparing for workshops by exploring Nyungwe trails and devising activities.|
Activities with KCCEM students included preparing standard solutions, laboratory practice and orchid field science and identification.
The sessions culminated in all KCCEM students sowing orchid seed in- vitro and exploring orchid diversity, ecology and anatomy.
Working with Schools
Each group of school pupils spent an evening session at KCCEM learning orchid science and aseptic culture techniques followed by a morning’s trek into Nyungwe with Writhlington pupils and Kitabi staff. For all the pupils this was the first time that they had visited Nyungwe.
Evaluation of the expedition has been through questionnaires, interviews, informal monitoring and group feedback. The evaluation process is being co-ordinated by Amy Hinsley of Kent University and a team of pupils and will be used to inform plans for the future delivery of the project.
A number of people and organisations have been crucial to the delivery of this phase of the project including Linda Kalimba first councillor at the Rwanda High Commission, London, Richard Nasasira, Principle KCCEM, Marshall Banamwana, KCCEM. Supporting institutions include the Rwandan Development Board and the Ministry of Education.
We would also like to thank the Diploma students at KCCEM and the pupils and staff of all the Schools involved for their enthusiasm and engagement with the workshops at Kitabi and in Nyungwe.